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youth the divine Spirit had commenced a work of grace in his heart, which gradually progressed during his travels in various parts of Germany; but Vienna in Austria was the place where he experienced that blessed change of heart, which determined him to devote himself entirely to the Lord and his service. Here though in a city and country entirely catholic, he found truly awakened souls, with whom he united in seeking the one thing needful; he obtained it in a living faith in Jesus Christ, his Saviour and him crucified.
In consequence of his determination to serve his Lord and Saviour he was employed as an Evangelist and as a teacher in various religious institutions and eventually led through the providence of God to come to America and to offer his services to the church of the United Brethren, with whose principles and sentiments he had already become acquainted in his native country. During a visit at Bethlehem he was employed by the Bethlehem Bible Society to explore Bethlehem township, with a view of supplying every family with a copy of the sacred volume, in which commission he acquitted himself entirely satisfactory. Of this work a separate report will appear.
More than twelve months ago an urgent request was made by some friends in New Haven already acquainted with and partly in connection with the brethren, to have a brother sent among them, to preach the gospel and under the blessing of the Lord to make an attempt to form a Brethren's congregation at that place. In accordance with this request the brethren Jacobson and Seidel— who had been commissioned by the P. E. C. to make an oflicial visit at Camden, New York—took New Haven in their way. Here they were most cordially received and found themselves in the midst of souls, that truly loved the Saviour and lived in sweet communion with him, earnestly desirous of enjoying the fostering care of a minister of the Brethren's Church; among others they met with a french family from Locle in Switzerland, who yearly have a french textbook of the Brethren's church sent to them from their former home which is read every morning.—The impression on the minds of the visitors was such that they cheerfully recommended to the Home Mission Board a compliance with the request of our New Haven brethren, and br. Rau having been providentially led to offer himself shortly before, the Board readily consented to nominate him for this post. Through the kindness of a dear brother in the ministry of the Congregational Church, they are so fortunate as to have the free use of a lecture-room attached to said church, where they assemble every Sunday for mutual edification. Here the brn. Jacobson and Seidel addressed a little flock on Wednesday evening, on which occasion they felt their hearts united in the sweet bonds of a Saviour's love, and joined together as well in harmonious melodies of praise and adoration, as also in fervent prayer for the establishing of a Brethren's Church in this city,— that they might bear testimony to the truth as it is in Christ Jesus.—They would here express their grateful acknowledgment for the interest which more than one minister of the abovementioned church manifest in the establishing of a Home Mission Station of the Moravians here and for their assurance of brotherly aid towards it. At the house of one they met a professor of Theology from Cincinnati, who strongly urged them to send a missionary of the Brethren's Church into the Home Mission field among the numerous Germans in that city.
Not without regret at being under the necessity of so soon bidding adieu not only to our dear brethren and sisters and friends, but also to the beautiful city of New Haven, which by its situation as well as by the beauty of its interior, its public and private buildings, its level, broad, comparatively quiet streets, arched over and shaded, as they are throughout by venerable elm trees etc. presents unusual attractions, the brn. Jacobson and Seidel left on the day after their arrival and pursued their journey to Camden valley, where they were likewise received with truly brotherly cordiality. During their short stay, they had an opportunity on a Thursday evening, to address the congregation and others in the ehurch, and in conversation with members to convince themselves of the existence of a strong desire to be speedily supplied with another minister in the plaoe of brother Edward Reichel, who had left in consequence of his appointment as Inspector of Nazareth Hall. (Br. Charles Barstow has since received and accepted a call to Camden.) Returning from Camden our travellers went to Utica, where our Home Missionary br. Val. Mueller and the brethren and. sisters under his care received them with a cordiality, which at once made them feel at home among them. Here they endeavored to obtain all the necessary information in regard to the prospects of establishing a Brethren's congregation. On Sunday they preached in the forenoon, and in the evening in br. Mueller's house—whose two rooms and the entry were crowded with about sixty hearers, who listened with wrapt attention to the words spoken in simplicity and in reliance upon that divine grace, without which we can do nothing. In frequent conversation with individuals they made use of the good opportunity, to impress them with the genuine character of a true moravian brother—who without laying much stress on outward form and customs, confesses Christ as the only Head of the church, making Him the substance of hisjjfaith, and the chief object of his love, that
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Can to us afford relief:
Nothing else from guilt release us
Nothing eke assuage our grief
Nothing else can ease our burden Jesus' precious blood alone Can produce a sense of pardon And dissolve a heart of stone. Being delayed by a change of time in the departure of the ears, the brethren Jacobson and Seidel gained some time for consulting with'several brethren, how a place of worship could be procured, which they promised immediately to take into further deliberation.
On Sept. the 5th they arrived at Bethlehem, thankful for the gracious protection of the Lord in the midst of Cholera, and other diseases at present so generally prevailing in consequence of the drought and the unusual heat. To him be all the glory !—
"I WOULD NOT LIKE TO HAVE IT TO GO OVER AGAIN!"
This language I lately heard from an aged Christian man. And I was at once led to reflect what could have been the reasons which prompted the exclamation from the wasted pilgrim!
Mankind, generally, with the strongest degree of tenacity, cling to life, and wish that the day of death were but that of their birth. They instinctively shrink from leaving familiar objects of sense and encountering the untried realities of a purely spiritual state of being. And, especially, as this is an improving age, and the comforts and enjoyments of life are fast multiplying, do the worldly-minded delight to linger here for reaping the benefit of this progressive reform in society and advance in the arts.
What, then, I repeated to myself, could have impelled this friend, upon whose head the frosts of nearly three-score years and ten had fallen, to desire a different sphere of existence r And I was constrained to allow that memory and hope together furnished an ample solution of the at first puzzling problem.
He remembered his straightened schoolboy days; the toils and vexations of his manhood; and the steadily advancing infirmities of age. He remembered his sickening disgust at witnessing the treachery and wickedness of men; his disappointments in business; and his sufferings from sickness and want. He remembered his losses, perplexities, temptations, and bereavements. He remembered the tried inadequacy of the world, in its best and brightest forms, to bestow complete happiness; that, in no point nor sphere of life, had his sanguine expectations been fully met; that the purest men were often found to endure most from slights and slanders, and that the dispensations of Providence were themselves, frequently, a bewildering maze!
This gloomy retrospect constrained him to adopt the cheerful prospects of the Christian, as the time-worn, tempest-tossed mariner fastens himself to the Anchor of Hope.
He looks forward to death in the course of nature so near at hand, as an event of unspeakable gain to him: as the period, when the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest, when he should depart and be with Christ, which is far better, when he should receive a crown of righteousness, and be constituted a King and Priest unto God.
He would not live his time over again, because it would protract the shadowy reign of signs and symbols; because it would detain him from his Saviour and sainted kindred whom he loves; because it would keep him from the discoveries in knowledge and attainments in holiness he expects in heaven; because it would quite too long confine nim to this entangling and enthralling body. — Watchman and Observer.
The undersigned hereby gratefully acknowledges the receipt of the following donations, which have been .sent to his house, in the course of the last ten months, enclosed in anonymous letters signed "a brother": viz.
In December '53, for the Foreign Missions $ 5 —
for the Home Mission in Philadelphia 5 — for the Min. Relief Ass. in Philadelphia 5 — In February '54, for the Foreign Missions 2 50
for the Home Mission in Philadelphia 5 — for the Min. Eelief Ass. in Philadelphia 2 50 In June '54, for the Home Mission in Philadelphia 5 — for the Min. Eelief Ass. in Philadelphia 5 — In October '54, for the Foreign Missions 10 —
Making a sum total of $ 45 — May the Lord richly bless the unknown giver.
Edm. De Schweinitz
Philadelphia October 14th, 1854.
Subscrip's rec'd by Rev. C. F, Seidel.
Arkansas. John Dienst 1854.
Donations rec'd by Rev. C. F. Seidel.
From the Fem. Mis. Society at Bethlehem for br. Gardin's school in St. Croix. $10 —
From the Young Men's Miss. Society at Bethlehem for St. Croix. 25 —
.Donations towards Home Missions.
Rec. of Sr. Caroline Suess
Soc. of Bethl. Seminary. 125 —i
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